Rewind 2016: Highlights and heartbreaks
Another year has come and gone, and 2016 is without a doubt a year full of surprises and bizarre incidents!
From the shocking U.S. election results, to the ever-so-random mannequin challenge, the sad deaths of several notable names like David Bowie and Carrie Fisher, the increasing popularity of nonsense tunes like “PPAP” and the revival of “Pokémon” via Pokémon Go – there’s just so much going on within a year!
So, before we wrap up and bid farewell to the wonderful year, let’s take a quick rewind and see all the major highlights and heartbreaks of 2016!
When the Academy Awards AKA Oscars announced its nominees earlier this year in January, people were furious that only white actors and actresses were among the chosen few in the top four categories – and not to mention, for the second consecutive year! The trending hashtag #OscarsSoWhite has surfaced and went viral all over social media, spawning sarcastic memes and jokes along the way. It is also the year where plenty of famous celebrities decided to boycott the prestigious awards ceremony and some of them include Spike Lee, Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith, Snoop Dogg, and Michael Moore.
So many famous icons and known figures have left the world this year, but their honourable contributions will continue to live on in many of our memories in years to come. From chart-topping musicians, to acclaimed actors and sporting heroes, 2016 is truly the year of loss. Some of the names include David Bowie, Alan Rickman, Prince, Chyna, Muhammad Ali, Gene Wilder, Anton Yelchin, Alan Thicke, George Michael, Carrie Fisher and more!
Not the famous South Korean “Running Man” series, but a street dance move from the late 80s and is known as the new nae nae or harlem shake. The dance move was performed most notably by Janet Jackson in the video of her hit “Rhythm Nation”, but was made famous by several American college basketball players in April. The dance involves a close-armed running man-style usually to the tune of the 1995 song “My Boo” by Ghost Town DJs. The phenomenon had soon spread on social media and was copied by others including celebrities like Chris Brown, Kevin Hart, Tyga, Von Miller and Kyrie Irving.
Killing of Harambe
Harambe was the name of a 17-year-old Western lowland silverback gorilla who was shot to death at the Cincinnati Zoo after a child fell into his enclosure in late May 2016. The incident sparked huge controversy among netizens who blamed the parents for not looking after their child properly, and the zoo’s choice of killing the ape. After the killing, Harambe became the subject of multiple viral memes and one of the popular ones is the meme “Dicks Out for Harambe” which is said to be a sign of respect to the innocent gorilla.
When Pokémon Go was released back in July, it immediately became a global phenomenon, and was one of the most used and profitable mobile apps in 2016, having been downloaded more than 500 million times worldwide. The augmented-reality game received mixed reviews from critics as it promotes physical activity but also exposes users to various dangers. Though the craze has died down a little due to the slow updates, it quickly saw a surge in revenue once again when the first featured event, the Halloween Event was released.
A nonsensical song performed by Pikotaro, a stage persona of the Japanese professional comedian Kosaka Daimaoh, which has gone viral ever since Justin Bieber shared it on his social media platform. Hailed as the new “Gangnam Style” by various media outlets, the official music video of the song has now been viewed over 100 million times on YouTube, spawned multiple hilarious parodies, and reached No. 1 on the Billboard Japan Hot 100 chart, becoming the shortest single to chart on the Billboard Hot 100.
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Another viral phenomenon is where people remain frozen like mannequins while a moving camera films them, usually to the song “Black Beatles” by Rae Sremmurd playing in the background. Started by a bunch of students in early October, the challenge was purely made for fun and has no particular reason or cause behind it. Some of the notable celebrities who participated in the trend include Adele, Taylor Swift, Michelle Obama, Hilary Clinton, Dwayne Johnson, Britney Spears and more.
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United States Presidential Election
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